Emilio Estefan Gallery
The 20th Anniversary Billboard Tribute
by John Lannert for Billboard Magazine, September 1998
|Over the past 20 years, Emilio Estefan Jr. has made quite a name for himself
as the entrepreneur who heads up Estefan Enterprises, Inc.
Besides managing the career of his superstar wife Gloria - with whom he
developed their singolar Latin/pop sound - Emilio has successfully delved into
all segments of the music industry, ranging from production to publishing.
Among the artists for whom he has produced hit albums are bilingual pop star Jon Secada and Mexican singing idols Alejandro Fernandez and Thalia. Emilio also is getting involved with film and television, having signed a $10 million deal last year with Universal Television group to develop Latino-rooted sitcoms. Apart from his entertainment ventures, Emilio has become involved in two prosperous restaurants (Larios On The Beach, Bongo's) and the Cardozo Hotel, where portions of the movie "There's something about Mary" were filmed.
But, his impressive resume aside, if you want to catch Emilio in action during a
typical work day, make sure you bring a camera with a slow-motion feature. It's
the only way to keep up with the renowned impresario as he darts from project to
A typical day at offices of Crescent Moon Studios finds him bouncing from studio
to studio, penning a lyric here for a Colombian singing star Shakira, adjusting
the sound blend there for a Latinized remix of a Lenny Kravitz tune.
In between is a radio interview he has arranged with his wife, who drops by the
office to contribute - along with Emilio - an impromptu finger painting that
will be auctioned at a fundraising event in Mexico.